- to walk with regular and measured tread, as soldiers on parade; advance in step in an organized body.
- to walk in a stately, deliberate manner.
- to go forward; advance; proceed: Time marches on.
- to cause to march.
- the act or course of marching.
- the distance covered in a single period of marching.
- advance; progress; forward movement: the march of science.
- a piece of music with a rhythm suited to accompany marching.
- march on, to march toward, as in protest or in preparation for confrontation or battle: The angry mob marched on the Bastille.
- on the march, moving ahead; progressing; advancing: Automation is on the march.
- steal a march on, to gain an advantage over, especially secretly or slyly.
Origin of march1
- a tract of land along a border of a country; frontier.
- marches, the border districts between England and Scotland, or England and Wales.
- to touch at the border; border.
Origin of march2
- the third month of the year, containing 31 days. Abbreviation: Mar.
Origin of March1
- Francis Andrew,1825–1911, U.S. philologist and lexicographer.
- FredricFrederick McIntyre Bickel, 1897–1975, U.S. actor.
- Pey·ton Con·way [peyt-n kon-wey] /ˈpeɪt n ˈkɒn weɪ/, 1864–1955, U.S. army officer (son of Francis Andrew March).
- German name of the Morava.
- Master of Architecture.
Related Words for marchpound, patrol, parade, move, file, traipse, proceed, space, boot, tramp, progress, stomp, strut, promenade, step, journey, tread, advance, mount, pace
Examples from the Web for march
Contemporary Examples of march
Her focus would be on the three months, January through March 1965, that gave birth to the Voting Rights Act.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
In March, police arrested a group of wealthy businessmen and government officials who were about to dine on illegal tiger meat.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
He was one of few outspoken activists in Syria prior to the uprising that took a place in March of 2011.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
She flew to New York in March and shot it in just three weeks.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of march
We started from Perth on the afternoon of Wednesday, the 30th of March, 1870.Explorations in Australia
Human freedom is on the march, and nowhere more so than our own hemisphere.
Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless.
March 1st, he made an important speech in the House of Commons.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
We are on our march for Camden, and shall be there the day after tomorrow.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
- (intr) to walk or proceed with stately or regular steps, usually in a procession or military formation
- (tr) to make (a person or group) proceedhe marched his army to the town
- (tr) to traverse or cover by marchingto march a route
- the act or an instance of marching
- a regular stridea slow march
- a long or exhausting walk
- advance; progression (of time, etc)
- a distance or route covered by marching
- a piece of music, usually in four beats to the bar, having a strongly accented rhythm
- steal a march on to gain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand enterprise
Word Origin for march
- Also called: marchland a frontier, border, or boundary or the land lying along it, often of disputed ownership
- (intr; often foll by upon or with) to share a common border (with)
Word Origin for march
- the third month of the year, consisting of 31 days
Word Origin for March
- the German name for the Morava (def. 1)
- Master of Architecture
"to walk with regular tread," early 15c., from Middle French marcher "to march, walk," from Old French marchier "to stride, march," originally "to trample, tread underfoot," perhaps from Frankish *markon or some other Germanic source related to obsolete Middle English march (n.) "borderland" (see march (n.2)). Or possibly from Gallo-Roman *marcare, from Latin marcus "hammer," via notion of "tramping the feet." Meaning "to cause to march" is from 1590s. Related: Marched; marching. Marching band is attested from 1852. Italian marciare, Spanish marchar are said to be from French.
"boundary," late 13c. (in reference to the borderlands beside Wales, rendering Old English Mercia), from Old French marche "boundary, frontier," from Frankish *marka or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German marchon "to mark out, delimit," German Mark "boundary;" see mark (n.1)). Now obsolete. There was a verb in Middle English (c.1300), "tohave a common boundary," from Old French marchier "border upon, lie alongside."
third month, c.1200, from Anglo-French marche, Old French marz, from Latin Martius (mensis) "(month) of Mars," from Mars (genitive Martis). Replaced Old English hreðmonaþ, the first part of which is of uncertain meaning, perhaps from hræd "quick, nimble, ready, active, alert, prompt." For March hare, proverbial type of madness, see mad.
"act of marching," 1580s, from march (v.) or else from Middle French marche (n.), from marcher (v.). The musical sense first attested 1570s, from notion of "rhythmic drumbeat" for marching. Transferred sense of "forward motion" is from 1620s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with march
- marching orders, get one's
- march to a different beat
- steal a march on